Friday 10 August 2012

Aston Villa's Albrighton ruled out until October

Midfielder to wear protective cast after breaking metatarsal in his foot

Marc Albrighton made 26 Barclays Premier League appearances last season

Aston Villa midfielder Marc Albrighton has been ruled out for the first two months of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season after breaking a metatarsal bone in his foot.

The 22-year-old, who last season scored the 20,000th goal in the history of the Barclays Premier League, suffered the injury during the first week of pre-season training and is likely to be out until October.

The news will come as a blow to Villa manager Paul Lambert, who has already been deprived of the services of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Richard Dunne for the start of the season.

Striker Agbonlahor will be sidelined for a month after suffering a knee injury during the club's pre-season tour of the United States, while the experienced defender is likely to be out for up to six weeks after undergoing a groin operation.

Aston Villa begin the new campaign at newly promoted West Ham United on August 18th.

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Key Points

  • Marc Albrighton broke metatarsal bone in foot in first week of pre-season
  • The 22-year-old likely to be out until October
  • Midfielder joins Gabriel Agbonlahor and Richard Dunne on sidelines